Jonathan W. Bulkley

Emeritus Professor

Office:  2506 Dana
Phone:  (734) 764-3198
Fax:  (734) 763-2275

Peter M. Wege Chair of Sustainable Systems, School of Natural Resources and Environment
Professor of Natural Resources
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2506 Dana
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125

  • Ph.D., M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. 1966
  • S.M., M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. 1963
  • S.B. (2), M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. 1961
  • AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow 1993-1996
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Founding Member, Environmental and Water Resources Institute 1999
  • Named first recipient Peter M. Wege Chair of Sustainable Systems, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan 2000
  • Commanders Award, Chief of Engineers, for service as Chair of Corps’ Environmental Advisory Board 2002
  • Member of several technical committees within the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • University of Michigan Delegate to the Universities Council on Water Resources.
  • Appointed as a Special Master and a Monitor for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

My research and teaching interests reflect my dual background in both civil engineering and political science. Over the nearly thirty-seven years as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, I have focused upon the effective implementation of water and environmental policies at the local, regional, state, national and international levels. Having completed formal studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the disciplines of political science and civil engineering, my research and teaching efforts have focused upon the applications of systems analysis to a variety of water and environmental problem areas. I have served as both a Special Master and a Monitor for the federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan. The work with the federal court has extended for more that twenty-five years and has focused upon assisting the court in the technical aspects of implementing the provisions of the federal Clean Water Act in Southeast Michigan. I was attached to the Thames Water Authority in London, England during its first year of operation as the comprehensive provider of the full range of water resource services to the Thames River basin including the City of London and the entire population of twelve million people in the basin. I co- founded and served as Director of the National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education (NPPC; 1991-1999) and co-founded the Center for Sustainable Systems (an evolution of NPPC; 1999- ). I teach interdisciplinary graduate courses on Water Policy and Planning and Risk Benefit Analysis that focus upon sustainable resource systems.

Bulkley, J. W., R. Y. Demers, D. T. Long, G. T. Wolff, and K. G. Harrison, "The Impacts of Lead in Michigan," Michigan Environmental Science Board, Lansing, MI, March 1995.

“Energy Utilization: Wastewater Treatment Facilities.” With Sarah A. Deslauriers and Masayuki Kanzaki. The 2005 Borchardt Conference: A Seminar on Advancements in Water and Wastewater Treatment. Proceedings. February 24, 2005 University of Michigan Ann Arbor. February 24, 2005

"Watershed Planning and Management: Institutional Realities," With Sari Sommarstrom. In Proceedings: Watershed Management & Operations Management 2000. June 2000. EWRI and ASCE Ft. Collins, CO.

“Industrial Ecology of the Automobile: A Life Cycle perspective, 'AT&T Industrial Ecology of the Automobile Seminar Series, November 1994-October 1995,'" Keoleian, G.K., Kar, K., Manion, M., Bulkley, J.W., National pollution prevention Center for Higher Education, published by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., Warrendale, PA. 1997.

“Extreme Value Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Plant Flows,” in Risk-Based Decision Making in water Resources VIII. American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY 1998.

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